Hike Log

Six Pack on the PCT!


Bear Canyon Trail

Type of Hike:

Day hike

Trail Conditions:

Trail difficult/impossible to navigate


Road suitable for all vehicles


No bugs


Trail snow-covered at times – Gear and expertise recommended

My husband, our friend, our dog and myself hiked up Mount Baden Powell this last Sunday. We read that there were 40 switchbacks, but after the fifth one, no more could be found, too covered in snow! So we ended up going straight up the mountain. We had microspikes and poles and both were necessary. Snow is deep and later in the day gets icy and slushy. When we got to the saddle a lot of people were uncomfortable with the snow level and turned back, we forged on and made the summit. Coming back down was a little more nerve racking as the snow was very icy and slippery, so just take your time. Slipped more times that I would like to admit. My microspikes got loose and were slipping around my boots. Time for new ones. But with good spikes you should be fine. We helped with a rescue. A PCTer had slipped and hurt her leg and couldn't hike back down so a helicopter was searching for her. They couldn't find her with all the tree coverage so we helped guide them and she was taken off to get help. It couldn't have been a more beautiful day – just know that most of the trail is gone and the footprints lead straight up the mountain after about five or six switchbacks.


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